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India: A Spectacle of Mismanagement.

Sreedharan, C., 2021. India: A Spectacle of Mismanagement. In: Lilleker, D., Coman, I. A., Gregor, M. and Novelli, E., eds. Political Communication and COVID-19: Governance and Rhetoric in Times of Crisis. Routledge, 123-131.

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The first COVID-19 case in India was reported on January 30, in the southern state of Kerala. Though the state’s response was admirably swift, it was not long before the pandemic spread in other parts of the nation. As of September, India has 4.2 million infections, more than 71,500 deaths, and is the second most-affected nation in the world—this, despite its government imposing the harshest lockdown in the world. This chapter scrutinises the timeline of India’s national response and its crisis communication. Not only did the government misjudge the threat level, it failed to utilise the time it bought by placing its 1.3 billion people under severe restrictions. Its communicative responses were delayed, and, while manifestly in line with the CERC principles, largely aimed at framing the government’s ad hoc approach to lockdown and exit as effective crisis management that has “saved lakhs of lives”.

Item Type:Book Section
Series Name:Politics, Media and Political Communication
Number of Pages:372
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:34786
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:10 Nov 2020 13:18
Last Modified:03 Oct 2022 07:24


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